News From Nowhere: Book launch. Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts

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What effect does the influx of oil money have on arts institutions? Mel Evans’s new book explores the murky world of “art-washing”, focusing on the deep-rooted relationship between our art institutions and the multi-national corporations that fund them. In the wake of massive environmental disasters created by the oil industry, companies such as BP and Shell are using arts sponsorship as a calculated PR exercise to ‘artwash’ their soiled reputations.

Joined by local artists and theatre makers, come along to this FREE event to discuss Big Oil and the arts, corporate sponsorship and the ethical questions facing artists and arts organisations.

“This fascinating book delves deeply into art sponsorship, one of the more insidious tools that the fossil fuel industry deploys to maintain its power.” NAOMI KLEIN, author of This Changes Everything, The Shock Doctrine and No Logo

Mel Evans provides a gripping exposé of this practice and raises important questions about artistic censorship and complicity, as art institutions find themselves inextricably associated with Big Oil. Artwash shows how the ties that bind our cultural centres to Big Oil can be broken once and for all.


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